Plea seeking stay to Gulburg riot trial rejected

Gujarat HC rejected plea of some of the victims of Gulburg Society violence that trial in the case be stayed till the SIT submitted final report.

Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 22:23 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected
the plea of some of the victims of 2002 Gulburg Society
violence that trial in the case be stayed till the special
investigation team (SIT) submitted final report before the
trial court.

The petition had been filed by Rupa Dara Mody and others,
challenging the November 18 order of the trial court rejecting
the plea for stay and further investigation.

Justice JC Upadhyay today rejected the petition, and
hoped that the SIT would submit its final report in true
spirit in the concerned court, as directed by the Supreme

Petitioners had contended that unless all the evidence
collected by the SIT was submitted, trial would suffer.

Petition also said that SIT had probed the complaint of
Zakia Jaffery on the direction of the apex Court, which
included aspects relevant to Gulburg case, and demanded that
those findings be placed before the trial court.

Untill SIT placed its final report before a magisterial
court, and copy was placed before the trial court, trial
should not go on, petition said.

Judge BJ Dhandha of the trial court had rejected the
plea of stay earlier, observing that Supreme Court had stayed
pronouncement of judgement, but not asked not to continue with
the trial.

Sixty-nine persons including Zakira`s husband and former
MP, Ehsan Jaffery were killed by rioters at Gulburg violence,
following Godhra train burning incident.